"Such a gap in strength will shape the actual outcome on the border", it said. According to the Chinese analyst, Ma Jiali, whose article was published in The Global Times, the BRICS meeting will provide an opportunity for India and China to ease the tension in Doklam. If the Doklam standoff drags on till then, it could pressure Xi Jinping to force the issue and make India accept China's supremacy in the region.
Sushma had told the parliament on Thursday that China had attempted to "unilaterally" change the status quo at the Bhutan trijunction, following which the Indian troops intervened. "The law is with our country". The Chinese action "is a challenge to our security", the Minister said in the first exhaustive Indian comment on the border row that began over a month ago in the Sikkim sector of the winding Sino-Indian frontier.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said a 2012 agreement bound China and India to settle the boundary issue with Bhutan.
"The larger battle is essentially about strategic competition for geopolitical space and influence in Asia between India and China", said Nirupama Rao, who served as India's ambassador to China and retired as the government's top-ranking diplomatic official.
China has been engaging with the global community to put across its stand that it is India that has been behaving aggressively in the Doklam region.
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It is always hard to second guess a large, and reputedly inscrutable, country like China, especially at a time of crisis.
"Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Indian border troops is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue and the communication between the two sides", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press conference.
It went on to say that if India still holds on to its "confrontational attitude", they should be prepared to bear the consequences of the escalation of the conflict. "There has been no hostility on the ground at Doklam despite the continued standoff", points out Kantha. "China will never engage with what India calls "double withdrawal". Following boasts about China's military prowess and its ability to bring more force to bear at the remote site of the current dispute because of its greater "mobility and logistics capability", the editorial concluded: the "later India withdraws (its) troops, the greater the risk that it will face from a military counteraction and the more clout it will lose politically". She also said that India is in favour of a peaceful solution to the problem at Doklam.
The head of India's Army, General Bipin Rawat, has, for his part, repeatedly boasted that India's military is ready to fight a two-front war against China and Pakistan. It also states that India underestimated China in 1962 and that it hopes that India won't repeat the mistake.
It asserted that India should not count on support of U.S. and Japan "because their support is illusory".